Tuesday, May 13, 2014
As we continue our study we come to peace the next part of the fruit of the Spirit. When we think of peace more than often it is in contrast with war. Which is part of the definition of peace. Peace is much more than that, for how can nations be at peace with each other... and still harbor hatred toward each other... Peace is tranquility, quietness, harmony, and freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions. First concept of peace is quietness, tranquility. For we can have peace even in times of war... For in times of great trouble... we need to remember and do Psalm 37:7 "Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him, fret not yourselves over one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devises." Isn't it hard to be still before God? To wait for Him to act? So many times we go forth thinking that God is acting... while He is still back there waiting for us to be still. We tend to jump up and start doing, fixing... while go says to be still, wait. Psalm 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." For if we are too busy... not being quiet... we miss the knowing that God is almighty, all knowing... That He does care, is in control . For us to be in harmony with God we need to be still. We need to stop take the time to focus on God/Jesus. For when we truly take the time to be with God, learning of who He is... Then we can understand how He wants us to live. And the bible starts to become more clear and His words more precious... I remember a friend sharing at bible study about the apostle Paul. He said if he was the apostle Paul he would have stopped after being stoned the first time. But Paul was in harmony with God and continued on, through more beatings, and being stoned again even in prison he kept on doing God's work. For us we need to focus on God taking the time to be still. For our readers in the Ukraine My prayer go out to you all in your times of turmoil. May you all be strong and stay strong in the Lord.